In the struggle to maintain and preserve the natural and built environments in Asheville, critics of development are often accused of attempting to "stop progress." This implies that all building and development is essentially progressive, which is just plain idiotic. Some projects (Black Dog's plan for a condo on a lot that includes a sliver of parkland next to City Hall comes to mind) are ill-conceived and, if built, would surely diminish life here.
Unfortunately, many of our elected officials, as well as their appointed boards of "experts," seem to feel that all building and development is good, that it always broadens the tax base and increases employment. It does not. In fact, what is likely to happen if thoughtless development continues apace is that Asheville will soon reach a tipping point as urban congestion and suburban sprawl combine to forever end the good old days. We desperately need to elect city and county leaders who will be more balanced in their approach to development and who will ensure that the various boards that examine proposals and projects represent more than the views of those whose mantra is "Build, Baby, Build."
— Michael Carlebach